BABS&NJL AUD — population 2}773— according to modern Hindu belief the home of Krishna's favourite mistress EadMy is a town wMch enjoyed a brief period of great prosperity about the middle of last centary. It is "built at the foot and oa the slope of a ridge, originally dedicated to the god Bralimaj vhict rises abruptly from Hie plam? near the Biarat-piir border of Łke CHiata pargana, to a height of some 200 feet at its extreme point, and runs in a south-westerly direction for about % quarter of a mile. Its summit is crowned by a series of temples in honour of LfclirJi, a local title of BMMj meaning *the beloved** These were aH erected at intervals •within the last two hundred years, and now form a connected mass of building with a lofty wall enclosing the court in which they stand. Eacb. of the successive shrines was oa a somewhat grander scale than its predecessor^ and was for a time honoured with the presence of the divinity ; but even the last and largest^ in wHci ske is now enthroned, is an edifice of no special pretension ; Through seated, as it is, on the very brow of the rock, and seen in conjunction with the earlier buildings, ii forms an imposing feature in the landscape to the spectator from the plain below. A loag flight of stone steps, broken about half way by a temple in honour of Badhas grand- father, MaM-bM% leads down from the summit to the foot of the hill, wbere are two other small temples. One of item is dedicated to Badha's female com- panions, called ite SakMs? -who are eight in nnmber7 as follows : Lalita, VisakM, Champakarlata, Eangs-devi^ Chitra-lefcha, DalelM, Sucievij, and Clmifimvali The other contains a life-size image of the mythical Brikh-bhaa robed in appro- priate costume and supported oa the one side by Ms daughter Radh&, and on the otter by Sridama? a Paoranik cbaracter? here for the nonce represented as her brother. The town consists almost entirely of magnificent mansions all in riiinSj anil lofty but crumbling walls now enclosing vast, desolate, dusty areas? which once •were busy courts and markets or secluded pleasure grounds. All date from the time of Blip Bam, a Katam Brahman, wto9 having acquired great reputa- tion as a Pandit in the earlier part of last century ? became Purohit to Blmrat-piir, * Both these interesting ptiees, as also BalftdeTaj are entirely omitted by Dr. Hunter to Mi Imperial Gazetteer, and adl the places in tire district that fee does mention are described with re- nmrk&bte inadequscj and inaccuracy, Appareni! j Ms lest of the impartince of aa j loealty la hit oiro p ersonal connection with, it : beBDe the digpropor tionatc ieagbk of some of the Bengal ankkt.